In furtherance to bush combing operation in search of kidnappers terrorizing different parts of Ogun state, men of Ogun State Police Command in the early hours of Saturday, 21st of August 2021, engaged suspected kidnappers in a gun duel at Bere forest in Onigaari area along Lagos-Ibadan Express way.
This was as a result of information received by the Command from members of the public, that the AK 47 bearing hoodlums numbering about six (6) were sighted in the forest, possibly waiting for the appropriate time to strike.
Upon the information, the Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun quickly deployed the command’s tactical teams, coordinated by the DPO Owode Egba division, CSP Olusola Oniyiku, to the forest in search of the hoodlums.
According to Ogun state spokesman, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, while the combing was going on, the hoodlums on sighting the policemen, opened fire on them, and a gun battle ensued.
At the end of the encounter, one of the bandits was shot dead on the spot, while others escaped with varying degrees of gunshot injuries.
A quick search of the forest further, got one of the bandits with bullets wound apprehended but gave up the ghost few minutes after.
Two Ak 47 riffles with breech numbers 1983NF1040 and 1987-3-CA-1212 with five rounds of ammunition were recovered from them. Also recovered from them are sachets of tramadol and assorted charms.
Meanwhile, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun, has ordered for a massive manhunt for the remaining members of the gang and also appealed to members of the public, especially hospitals, not to hesitate to inform the police if anyone with gunshot injuries is seen in their area.
Ajogun also assured the good people of Ogun state of the Command’s commitment to rid the state of crime and criminals.